Total knee replacement using Mako SmartRobotics™

Mako SmartRobotics™ is transforming the way total knee replacement surgeries are being performed

Mako technology can be used for total knee replacement (TKR), which is a procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Your surgeon can replace the part of your knee damaged by OA with a knee implant, using a personalized surgical plan for accurate placement.

Treating arthritis with Mako SmartRobotics™ total knee replacement

If you are suffering from arthritis or an injury to the knee the Mako SmartRobotics™ for partial knee replacement may be a treatment option for you.

Mako SmartRobotics™ helps during the surgery

It’s important to understand that the surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, who guides Mako’s robotic arm during the surgery to position the implant in the knee joint. Mako SmartRobotics™ does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own or move without the surgeon guiding it. Mako SmartRobotics™ also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

A personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy

The Mako technology provides your surgeon with a patient-specific 3D model to pre-plan your partial knee replacement. During surgery, your surgeon guides the Mako robotic-arm based on your patient-specific plan. This allows the surgeon to remove only the diseased bone, preserving healthy bone and soft tissue, and assists your surgeon in positioning the implant based on your anatomy.

Mako Total Knee Replacement


How it works: A personalized plan for your total knee replacement using Mako SmartRobotics™

Total Knee - Before Surgery

Before Surgery

It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create your personalized pre-operative plan.

Total Knee - In the Operating Room

In the Operating Room

In the operating room, your surgeon will use Mako to assist in performing your surgery based on your personalized pre-operative plan. The Mako system also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.

Total Knee - After Surgery

After Surgery

After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Your surgeon may review an x-ray of your new total knee with you.